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Big week for politics – big week for pensions

  Things will come to a head this week. For Guy Opperman today will either be the day his Pensions Bill will make it into the Queens Speech or his first term in office will be remembered as “close but … Continue reading

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Is a retirement pot a retirement plan?

Jo Cumbo’s public resolution – as part of national financial planning week – to adopt a plan for her retirement – was as brave as it was sensible. How many of us have worked out a strategy for the “what … Continue reading

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The best audience I will have all year – thanks CIPP!

  Take a look at the audience above and you will see what I saw when I arrived to speak- not a single empty chair , everyone paying attention and a great gender mix. The Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals … Continue reading

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Boring Money – Extinction Rebellion and Responsible Asset Owners – we cannot go on the way we are.

Yesterday I was lucky to see the best of institutional and retail financial services. In Church House, the seat of the Church of England, I saw institutional investors and asset owners renounce green-washing and embrace responsible – impactful -investment with … Continue reading

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Contractors can’t have their cake and eat our pensions too

  The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed have condemned Lloyds Banking Group’s decision to either scrap contractors or force them into umbrella companies. I think this unfair on Lloyds and unfair on the tax-payer. As anyone in reward … Continue reading

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Extinction , Boredom or Symposium?

Frivolity of fidelity, mindless or mindful – which will it be? I am faced this morning with stark choice. Do I cycle on the north side of the river to join responsible asset owners and Adrienne Lawlor working out how … Continue reading

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Why innovation in financial services is so tough

  Today I will be discussing with my team at AgeWage innovation. We are submitting an application for an innovation grant to Innovate UK and we have to determine whether we deserve tax-payers money to take our business forward. To … Continue reading

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Are the nuts and bolts of our workplace pensions coming loose?

  In September 2018, the Financial Times reported on PensionSync research Millions of pounds of tax relief has been overpaid to workplace pension savers in the UK following errors made by tens of thousands of employers. Regulators conceded this week … Continue reading

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Jo Cumbo has a plan (well she will do soon!)

It’s good to hear from Jo Cumbo that she’ll be turning her retirement savings into a retirement plan. I hope this link works for you (purchased at considerable expense by me). If it does, you can read for yourself how … Continue reading

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What are deferred annuities and why do they matter?

  Cooper and Cumbo – Aussie dream team In a real example, an Aussie who bought a $10,000 deferred annuity at 65 would receive an annual income of $1741 a year from age 85, if they survived to that age. … Continue reading

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